THREE SISTERS is a great play, which is still fresh more than 110 years after its first performance. Laurence Olivier's 1970 film is based on his acclaimed National Theatre production, with the original cast reinforced by Alan Bates as Vershinin and himself as Chetbyutkin. It provides a complete text and captures the ambience and atmosphere of bourgeois society in the final years of Imperial Russia. The acting is close to faultless and, while only minimal attempts are made to open it up beyond the confines of the stage set, the close ups register the subtle shifts in emotion which seldom come across so clearly in the theatre. Out of the many fine performances, I would single out Joan Plowright as Masha, who was truly heartbreaking at the end; but there was a wonderful rapport among the entire cast, and especially the sisters themselves. I shall certainly want to see it again, and can only add that, at this price, it is an unmissable bargain.